Wednesday, December 15, 2010
Frugal Tip #4: Adding Homemade Soup to Your Menu
Right now cold weather is in full swing so we will have some type of soup, stew, gumbo or chili once a week. Homemade soups can be so easy and very inexpenisive. Sometimes I use a recipe and other times I just toss in things that we have left over. Like meat, veggies, beans or rice.
Soup is one of the ways we are able to cut back on meat.
The particular soup above I made a couple weeks ago. It was just one of those "toss some things together" kind of soups.
2 Cups of Homemade Chicken Stock (free)
2 Cans black beans rinsed and drained ($1.20)
1 can of diced tomatoes (49cents)
1 bag frozen corn (50cents)
1 pkg Old El Paso Beans and rice mix (50cents)
garlic powder, onion powder, pepper
Water to cover
I simply put this all on the stove and simmered for about an hour and a half. Served with a sprinkle of cheese on top.
The entire pot cost only $2.69, we used about 1/2 a package of shredded cheese which cost me $1.50 for the entire package. I served it with corn bread that cost me 50cents for the package.
Dinner for 4 came to a grand total of $3.94 plus there was enough left over that I ate this for lunch the next two days.
Here are a few soups/stews that we enjoy:
Leak and Potato Soup
Potato and Broccoli Soup
Healthier Cheeseburger Soup
Hearty Chicken and Rice Stew
What is your favorite homemade soup/stew/gumbo? Leave a comment and a link if you have one. :)
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